1997 Sine Qua Non - Imposter McCoy 750ml

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1997 Sine Qua Non - Imposter McCoy
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International Wine Cellar | 93

Full ruby. Deep aromas of raspberry, blackberry, violet, nutmeg, cocoa powder, smoked meat and exotic woodsmoke. Super- concentrated, lush and thick, with a firm spine of acidity giving shape to the flavors. Rather strong oak tones. Explosive finish features thoroughly ripe tannins and a late burst of smoked meat.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Score: 96
Author: rcl
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/20/2014
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Author: Lulu SF
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011
Original Note - 0.149

About This Producer


Manfred Krankl, an Austrian immigrant and Los Angeles restaurateur turned winemaker, is a reclusive and maniacally hard-working proprietor. His back-alley Ventura winery, dubbed the "garage d'or," has been described as "a junkyard (or the first or second level of hell)" and compared to a set from the movie "Mad Max" by Robert Parker. A true believer in radical viticulture, Krankl has worked with excessively low yields and maintains his winery and vineyards with meticulous attention to detail.

Since the debut "Queen of Spades" in 1994, original artwork and increasingly creative wordplay has adorned the label of each SQN wine. The wine itself has become a benchmark for Rhone varieties not just in California, but in the world. With 100-point scores in double digits, Robert Parker raves, "...the Grenache is the finest in the New World, the Syrah begs to be compared with the greatest of France, California, and Australia, and the white wine blends assembled by Manfred Krankl are as sumptuous and complex as the world's finest Chardonnays..." For all collectors, and particularly those that love Rhone-styled wines, SQN truly is something indispensable.

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